DETROIT -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas, with a second-inning double, extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers.
That represents quite a change for Moustakas, who had struggled through much of his rookie season. Example: In his previous 14 games, he'd hit safely in just five.
Moustakas' streak is the second longest for a rookie in Royals history. Outfielder David DeJesus had two 15-game streaks in his rookie season of 2004.
Moustakas' average hit a season low of .182 immediately before the streak began. Now, his streak, in which he's hit .423 (22-for-52), has his average up to .232.
"The streak's nice and all, but I'd still rather be winning ballgames," Moustakas said. "I wish I could be getting them with runners in scoring position. The hits are hits, but we've got to find out ways to win."
He was 1-for-4 in Wednesday's loss.